Among our most recent initiatives include working with artisans in Portugal (for our hand stitched lines) as well as in Hungary (who has a similar tradition in glove making).
Their contributions are a perfect complement to our work in Millau, additionally it helps us to commit to the continuation of our craft.
In 2010 Maison Fabre began a recruiting and training program to assure the transmission of the traditional techniques used in our workshop.
The majority of our lambskin is sourced from organic producers of milk or meat. The leather is then recycled and processed by a tannery in Italy.
Since 2018, Maison Fabre recycle 100% of its scrap leather.
A GUIDED VISIT OF OUR WORKSHOP
DISCOVER THE ART OF GLOVE MAKING IN 9 STEPS
Maison Fabre's gloves are conceived with the utmost respect of traditional, savoir faire, for an elegant line that extends to the very tips of your fingers.
1 – In the tanneries the rigorous selection of our leather begins. The leather is chosen in function of the fineness of it's grain and elasticity
2 – A colorist places the leather in a specialized color bath to determine the style of finish desired.
3 – A final quality control is done at the tannery before being handed over to the master leather cutter at Maison Fabre. Once the selection has been made and the cutter is ready to begin to cut a pair of gloves, he dampens the leather, and begins to "work" the leather. Working the leather consists of pulling the leather lengthwise and longwise to find the correct direction of it's subtility. Once he does this, he will place a cardboard pattern on the spot he would like to cut, and delineate the surface of the glove by tracing a rectangle around the pattern, lastly he will cut the sides of the outline.The rectangle is then pulled in the lengthwise direction one last time to verify that it is the correct size. Finally stretched to it's maximum size, the rectangle is cut into a a size that corresponds to the size of the glove.
4 – All of the elements needed into making a pair of gloves are then assembled,that is to say: the body of the gloves, the thumbs and the fourchettes, or the pieces that go in between the fingers.
5 – A series of gloves is called a pass, within a pass each pair of gloves are numbered to ensure that the pieces of a glove remain together, as there are slight differences in color texture and grain..
6 – The pieces of each pair are placed on a metal stamp in the form of a hand, there are stamps for each size and lining type. The press decends and cuts the leather in the form needed to sew a glove. This operation is called thefentein french. Once this operation is finished ,the elements are ready to become gloves.
7 – lFirst the pieces will be embroidered by hand or machine. Then the elements are sewn up by a sewist on a vintage,specialized machine called apique anglaisin french.The thumb is sewn to the body of the glove, then thefourchettes(the pieces that go in between the fingers) are sewn to the body of the glove, and cut in function to the length of the fingers. Once all of this is done, the glove is closed or finished. For the first time we have the familar object that we know as a glove in three dimensions.
8 – he lining of the glove is then glued to the interior of each finger of the glove.The glove maker uses a special tool known as a fuseau to verify their work is well placed.
9 – The final step consists of placing the gloves on the metal hand shaped irons known as hot hands in french. These unique tools used only in glovemaking, use electric resistance and heat to give the gloves their standard and final smoothed form.